Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Integrative approaches to feline chronic gingivostomatitis
Two case reports show how homeopathy and TCVM can effectively treat Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis without the need for full mouth extraction. Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis (FCGS) is a frustrating and painful problem in veterinary medicine. According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, the immune system of affected cats overreacts to plaque, causing severe inflammation that can extend to the gingiva and...
Tips and ideas for introducing holistic modalities in a traditional veterinary practice setting. For many years, I have practiced at a conventional, mixed, multi-doctor practice in southeast Pennsylvania. I gradually shifted into small animal work, leaving the cows, horses, sheep, llamas and pigs to my colleagues. Soon, I began to desire new ways to treat my patients. With the permission...
Class 4 laser therapy deconstructed
Wavelength, dose and power – but not heat -- are the most important variables affecting the benefits of laser therapy. So much information on Class 4 laser therapy (or photobiomodulation) is circulating at conferences, in trade journals, and in materials distributed by laser therapy manufacturers, that it is hard to distinguish what the most valuable and relevant data points...
The evolving field of functional neurology demands training and examination procedures that consider the neurologic health of neuron pools integral to stability and movement. A colleague recently told me that she spent 90% of her time in veterinary school learning how to treat problems that are seen only 10% of the time. This was a doctor with many years...
Recommending raw bones in the veterinary practice
Raw bones are a great way to enhance patient nutrition and dental health, but it’s important to educate clients on how to feed bones safely. Consumers once accepted at face value whatever recommendations were made by their physicians or veterinarians. Today, Google and social media afford them information and advice on a wide variety of health-related topics — such as...
The lightly cooked whole food diet
How this unique diet can help optimize outcomes for immune-compromised patients. Nutrition – especially a fresh food diet – can be an effective way to support the immune function of any pet battling disease. Whole fresh food delivers complete and bioavailable nutrition with every bite, and offers a respite from over-processed, dried and difficult-to-digest commercial kibble. A whole food diet...
Essential oils for anal gland issues
Over the past 20 years, essential oils have been used in over 800 anal gland cases in dogs and cats, ranging from pruritus to cancer. The keys to success lie in oil quality and proper techniques. Anal gland issues, ranging from pruritus and scooting to neoplasia, account for a large portion of an average veterinarian’s monthly visits, and solutions are...
Integrating chiropractic during and after animal dentistry
The use of chiropractic care during dental procedures allows veterinarians to evaluate the stomatognathic system, reset the entire nervous system, and pick up on clinical changes we would otherwise miss. The purpose of this article is to shed light on the importance of chiropractic care in general, and more specifically following dental procedures. Though the focus is on dogs...
Microalgae for dogs
Discover how different types of microalgae, such as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), can benefit the health of your canine patients. For the past several decades, people have been enthralled by the “green foods” revolution, which includes nutrients such as barley grass, microalgae (e.g. Chlorella, Spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), wheat grass juice and sprouts. In this article, we’ll look specifically at Aphanizomenon flos-aquae...
Recognizing soft tissue injuries in the dog from an integrative perspective – pt 2
Applying rehab and physiotherapy techniques to a dog with a soft tissue injury should be preceded by a proper consideration of how the injury developed and progressed, and how it affects the health and function of the entire body. The care of the canine athlete in performance and working disciplines is finally getting much-needed attention and awareness. With the...